A ‘magic bucket’ that’s been selling in Cixi, Zhejiang province under claims that it possesses healing powers has been revealed to be not quite so magical and, in fact, a trash bin from Japan, according to local reports.
The buckets, costing 550 yuan each, proved to be a popular item after sellers insisted that fermented fruit juice made inside of them could help with weight loss, detoxification, diabetes and even cancer.
Pictures released by the netizens show a yellow label on one of the the all-magical bins that reads “Acid-resistant” in Chinese characters. The rest, written in Japanese reads “It makes you feel happy and energized to use the bucket”.
Some retailers on Taobao have already sold more than 400 buckets of this kind in a month, ECNS reports:
A doctor surnamed Hua said he heard about the product from his mother.
“She told me that by keeping sugar, water, and different kinds of fruits and vegetables in the bucket for seven days, it produces a kind of magic juice that can cure diseases,” said Hua. “It doesn’t make sense.”
Hua said his mother had been tricked and asked a friend studying in Japan to investigate the product.
Hua learned that the bucket is produced by the Japanese brand ASK, but that it’s normally used as a trash can in Japan.
According to the same report, ASK is a Japanese company that produces pesticides, and the bucket it manufactures is “not very popular” in Japan.